Monday, April 14, 2014

NHL Network at the Olympics

NEW YORK (February 11, 2014) –  NHL Network will air a new half-hour live program during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the National Hockey League announced today.  From Feb. 12 through Feb. 23, NHL Tonight: 2014 Sochi Edition presented by McDonald’s will chronicle the men’s Olympic ice hockey tournament through interviews, game analysis, news and highlights.

Hosted by Kathryn Tappen live from Sochi, NHL Tonight: 2014 Sochi Edition will bring viewers the latest in the men's Olympic hockey competition. Joining Tappen from NHL Network's studio in Toronto will be co-hosts EJ Hradek and Mark Roe and analysts Mike Johnson, Jamie McLennan and Kevin Weekes.

"NHL Tonight: 2014 Sochi Edition will serve hockey fans with game highlights and exclusive player interviews away from the rink," said Bob Chesterman, NHL Senior Vice President of Programming and Production. "Hockey fans can expect the NHL Network to serve as the perfect complement to NBC's and CBC's coverage of the men's Olympic hockey tournament."

Starting Feb. 12 through Feb. 23, NHL Tonight: 2014 Sochi Edition presented by McDonald's will air at approximately 3:00 p.m. ET on game days, following the completion of the day's slate of men's hockey games, with re-airs scheduled until 7 p.m. ET in Canada and 8 p.m. ET in the U.S. Click here for the schedule of the men's Olympic hockey tournament.


NHL.com, the ultimate online destination for hockey fans, will be in Sochi to cover all NHL players through their Olympic experience. Fans will have access to game previews and recaps for every game in the men's Olympic hockey tournament, plus features, blogs, standings, rosters, statistical leaders and a daily digest of each NHL player's performance. NHL digital platforms will provide links to video and additional Olympic content through the League's broadcast partners (and Olympic rights holders) NBC and CBC.

Eric Johnson Suspended Two-Games for Slashing Frans Nielsen

Colorado Avalanche defensman Erick Johnson has been suspended for two games for slashing New York Islanders centerman Frans Nielsen. The incident occurred on Saturday February 8 at 12:09 of the third period. Johnson was assessed a minor penalty for slashing. Johnson will forfeit $38,461.54.

As a result of this injury, Nielsen suffered a non-displaced  fractured hang. The good news is is that the Olympics are here and he can rest and heal his his injury. 

NHL Three Stars of the Week ending Feb. 10

NEW YORK (Feb. 10, 2014) – Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen and Boston Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 9.

FIRST STAR – CAREY PRICE, G, MONTREAL CANADIENS
Price led all goaltenders with three wins in three starts, posting a 1.00 goals-against average, .971 save percentage and one shutout to help the Canadiens (32-21-6, 70 points) move into third place in the Atlantic Division. He began the week by stopping all 27 shots he faced in recording his fourth shutout of the season and the 23rd of his NHL career in a 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames Feb. 4. Price then made 42 saves, his second-highest total of the season, in a 5-2 triumph over the Vancouver Canucks Feb. 6 and 31 saves in a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Feb. 8. The 26-year-old native of Anahim Lake, B.C., who will represent Canada in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, is 26-17-5 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 48 appearances this season.

SECOND STAR – KARI LEHTONEN, G, DALLAS STARS
Lehtonen posted a 2-0-1 record with a 1.32 goals-against average and .947 save percentage to help the Stars (27-21-10, 64 points) climb into the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. He made 27 saves in a 3-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Feb. 4. Lehtonen then recorded 19 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks Feb. 5. He capped the week by making 26 saves in a 2-1 win over Phoenix Feb. 8, improving to 9-3-4 with a 2.11 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in 17 career appearances versus the Coyotes. The 30-year-old native of Helsinki, who will represent Finland in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, is 22-15-10 with a 2.48 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and three shutouts in 48 appearances this season.

THIRD STAR – JAROME IGINLA, RW, BOSTON BRUINS

Iginla registered 2-3—5 and a +5 rating to power the Bruins (37-16-4, 78 points) to five out of a possible six points, stretching their lead in the Atlantic Division to seven points. He posted 1-1—2, including his third game-winning goal of the season, in a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Feb. 4. After collecting an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues Feb. 6, Iginla recorded 1-1—2, his 10th multi-point game of the season, in a 7-2 triumph over the Ottawa Senators Feb. 8. The 36-year-old native of Edmonton has tallied 17-26—43 in 57 contests this season, including 4-10—14 and five multi-point performances over his past eight outings.

Max Pacioretty Leaves Game, Will Not Miss Sochi

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty was checked into the net by Carolina Hurricanes' Brett Bellemore with some awful force and remained on the ice for several minutes. 

He went straight to the dressing room with a lower-body injury. With the Olympics around the corner, he immediately announced that he will not miss his schedule flight out to Sochi. 

Jordan Leopold Injured Again

February 8 - Jordan Leopold left the game against the Winnipeg Jets with a lower body injury after he took a hit from Zach Bogosian. He previously missed almost two months due to a hand ailment.